Hi there! Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Link Party! Have you ever tried to design your summer? Having an idea of some of the things we’d like to do during the summer can mean we are more likely to fit them in before the summer slips away from us. This year I’m thinking about ways to add structure to a summer that will involve travel only within the UK. I really hope that next summer will see us back on the international circuit but I’m excited to explore more of the beautiful place I call home this year.
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What Has Been Happening!
Things are slowly opening up a bit here and we are all cautiously optimistic. It was a real pleasure to visit our son and his partner last week. I went into my favourite bookstore for the first time in a very long time and we had a lovely dinner inside a restaurant. Later in the week, my husband and I were excited to return to our favourite local Italian restaurant. These were all things I took so for granted before. It’s humbling how special they feel now.
Our weather has been really grey and rainy but I’m still enjoying summer salads. Sometimes I’ll serve a cold salad with a warm ingredient, like in my Steak and Asparagus Salad or my Salade Frisée aux Lardons. Or I’ll pop a warm chicken breast on top of some crisp salad leaves, sliced radishes and tomatoes. I’m planning to make my Mom’s Coleslaw next week.
This is the coleslaw recipe I make most often and it’s the perfect side for just about anything!
I’m excited to announce my online Vintage Summer Afternoon Tea Workshop!
Vintage Summer Afternoon Tea Workshop
Following on from the success of the recent Traditional British Afternoon Tea Class I held with my friend Jen, I’m excited to announce my first solo venture, an online Vintage Summer Afternoon Tea Workshop on Saturday June 12th at 6pm UK time (that is 1.00pm Eastern, 10.00am Pacific).
Learn about the British tradition of afternoon tea and get lots of recipes and inspiration to help you create different Vintage Summer Afternoon Teas to enjoy. There’s a cook-a-long too. If enjoying tea and treats in the sunshine fits into your design your summer plans, this will be perfect for you! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments or email me.
To find out more and for booking information, please click here. I hope to see you there!
Thank you all for sharing your wonderful content!
Design Your Summer Featured Posts
This week’s design your summer featured posts include (from top left, clockwise):-
There’s lovely spring to summer tablescape inspiration from Sandra at Dinner at Eight in Blue Skies Inspiration For Spring Into Summer.
Whatever the restrictions (or lack of them) in your corner of the world, it can still be fun to design your summer. Don’t miss The Ultimate Socially Distanced Spring Bucket List for Kids from Jen at Satsuma Designs.
There’s nothing like a lovely slice of quick bread with a cup of tea on a summer afternoon, and you know how I love vintage recipes! Chris and Melissa from Little Frugal Homestead shared a recipe for Granny’s Strawberry Bread that is more than just delicious, it’s got some wholesome ingredients too!
I can’t say I live a simple life, but I always feel inspired by those who do. Jenna from Life of An Earth Muffin shares the Amazing Things I’ve Learned 3 Years Into Zero Waste. As part of my design your summer plans, I am hoping to reduce the waste we generate and Jenna shares lots of insights in this post that will help.
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I look forward to seeing what you share this week! Take care and have fun as you design your summer. Have a wonderful week!